Canadian temporary passports

The temporary passport is an eight-page, machine-readable passport issued by a Canadian mission for urgent, proven travel situations or residency requirements. It is not intended to replace a regular, diplomatic or special passport; it is designed for interim use only. The decision regarding issuance of a temporary passport lies solely with the Government of Canada Passport/Consular officer.

The temporary passport features a white cover, a bio-data page, four visa pages, a digitized image of the bearer and various security features.


In all instances, the validity of a temporary passport is limited to meet the applicant's submitted travel requirements to a maximum of one year and may not be extended for any reason.

Exchanging the temporary passport for a regular, diplomatic or special passport

If a temporary passport is issued, you must sign a temporary passport exchange agreement that will be provided to you at the Canadian mission and that outlines your rights, privileges and duties. The temporary passport must be exchanged within the timeframe outlined in the exchange agreement.

How to exchange the temporary passport for a regular, diplomatic or special passport

An exchange may be done in person or by mail; if you choose to return the temporary passport by mail, it is recommended that it be traceable mail. Exchange location specification must be made at the time of temporary passport issuance and will be written in the temporary passport exchange agreement. The specified exchange location cannot be changed for any reason. A third party, with supporting identification and written authorization, may make the exchange.

The exchange of passports may be made:

  • In person or by mail at the mission where the application for the regular, diplomatic or special passport was submitted.
  • In person or by mail at the full-service Canadian mission closest to the applicant's residence.
  • In person at a passport-issuing authority in Canada. An additional CAN$20 fee applies.
  • By mail (traceable recommended) in Canada.

Regular, diplomatic or special passports must be picked up at or mailed out from the pre-specified location within sixty calendar days of signing the temporary passport agreement.

Unclaimed regular, diplomatic or special passports will be returned to the Passport Program for safekeeping.

For questions related to your temporary passport, please contact the closest Canadian government office abroad.

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